President, Interlochen Center for the Arts
June 12, 2017, marks Trey Devey’s first day as the eighth president of Interlochen Center for the Arts. Devey is charged with the responsibility of advancing the institution as a global leader in arts education and a high impact, financially sustainable non-profit, which includes Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen College of Creative Arts, Interlochen Presents and Interlochen Public Radio.
Prior to joining Interlochen, Devey served as president of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Cincinnati May Festival from 2009 to 2017, where he led the organization through a financial turnaround while supporting innovative artistic projects, expanded community engagement initiatives and growth in educational programming.
Under Devey’s leadership, the CSO maintained its place as one of only 15 52-week American orchestras and achieved nine consecutive fiscal years with balanced budget operations. The annual operating budget was $61 million when Devey concluded his tenure. During his tenure, concert attendance increased significantly and over $225 million was raised for special projects, capital needs, bridge funding, debt elimination and endowment in addition to substantial growth in annual fund support and planned giving commitments.
A former consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and past president of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Florida Philharmonic, Devey also worked in development for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Fort Worth Symphony and in production at the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra. As a League of American Orchestras Management Fellow, he completed assignments at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony and American Composers Orchestra.
Devey is an enthusiast of all art forms, having created collaborations between the CSO and other artists and organizations. The CSO is the resident orchestra of the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera and May Festival. The Orchestra’s other collaborations span visual arts, theatre, motion picture arts and creative writing through such projects as LUMENOCITY, The Pelléas Trilogy and MusicNow Festival. The CSO undertook dozens of electronic media projects during Devey’s tenure and expanded its partnership with WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical music public radio station.
In addition, Devey’s commitment to community, innovation and diversity align directly with the core values of Interlochen. With Devey’s help, since 2013, the CSO has earned nine prestigious community honors for its innovative programming, commitment to diversity, service to community and organizational strength.
Devey holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where he achieved the highest honor as a Palmer Scholar, graduating in the top five percent of his class. He graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Music and was given the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2003.